We have all been in situations where we have done wrong and desire forgiveness—from a spouse, family member, friend, or even a co-worker. Sometimes the person we most need forgiveness from is ourselves. And then there are the times when someone is asking us for forgiveness, and we have to look deeply in ourselves to offer it, no strings attached. It’s hard! Whether you are giving or receiving forgiveness, it’s a very powerful thing.
Luckily, the Bible offers tons of guidance on the topic, along with helpful Bible verses about healing and Bible verses about love, which can go hand in hand with forgiveness. After all, to forgive is to show love, and love is the most important thing we can give to our friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers.
What The Bible Says About Forgiveness And Letting Go
Ephesians 4:32 ESV / 930 helpful votes
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Matthew 6:14-15 ESV / 912 helpful votes
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 6:37 ESV / 663 helpful votes
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
Colossians 3:13 ESV / 490 helpful votes
Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Matthew 18:21-22 ESV / 426 helpful votes
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Mark 11:25 ESV / 392 helpful votes
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Luke 6:27 ESV / 333 helpful votes
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
Luke 17:3-4 ESV / 289 helpful votes
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Romans 12:19 ESV / 276 helpful votes
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
1 Peter 3:9 ESV / 238 helpful votes
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Matthew 5:44 ESV / 232 helpful votes
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
1 John 1:9 ESV / 213 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Matthew 6:14 ESV / 194 helpful votes
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
James 5:16 ESV / 173 helpful votes
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV / 133 helpful votes
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Proverbs 20:22 ESV / 131 helpful votes
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 123 helpful votes
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
1 Peter 3:7 ESV / 117 helpful votes
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Matthew 18:35 ESV / 107 helpful votes
So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Luke 23:34 ESV / 106 helpful votes
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Romans 5:10 ESV / 93 helpful votes
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV / 87 helpful votes
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
James 1:14-15 ESV / 70 helpful votes
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Psalm 1:1-6 ESV / 68 helpful votes
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; …
Ephesians 4:26 ESV / 60 helpful votes
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 59 helpful votes
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Matthew 6:5 ESV / 58 helpful votes
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
1 John 4:11 ESV / 51 helpful votes
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 50 helpful votes
The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, …
Luke 6:38 ESV / 48 helpful votes
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Matthew 7:2 ESV / 48 helpful votes
For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Revelation 6:9-10 ESV / 46 helpful votes
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
1 Thessalonians 5:15 ESV / 46 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
Bible Verses For Forgiveness And Repentance
John 14:6 ESV / 45 helpful votes
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Mark 4:24 ESV / 42 helpful votes
And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
Matthew 18:21-35 ESV / 41 helpful votes
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. …
Isaiah 55:7 ESV / 35 helpful votes
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Psalm 119:1-176 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! …
Matthew 6:12-15 ESV / 31 helpful votes
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 5:1-48 ESV / 30 helpful votes
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. …
Galatians 5:16-21 ESV / 28 helpful votes
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, …
1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 27 helpful votes
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Luke 7:35-50 ESV / 27 helpful votes
Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.” One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” …
Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 25 helpful votes
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Matthew 18:15-20 ESV / 25 helpful votes
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. …
Matthew 6:12 ESV / 24 helpful votes
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Proverbs 24:11 ESV / 24 helpful votes
Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
Daniel 10:12 ESV / 21 helpful votes
Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
Ephesians 1:7 ESV / 20 helpful votes
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 20 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
Bible Verses on Forgiveness And Reconciliation
Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 19 helpful votes
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Romans 12:18-20 ESV / 18 helpful votes
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Mark 12:31 ESV / 17 helpful votes
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Acts 2:38 ESV / 16 helpful votes
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:37 ESV / 16 helpful votes
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
Matthew 18:34-35 ESV / 16 helpful votes
And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Ezekiel 1:1-28 ESV / 15 helpful votes
In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin), the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the Lord was upon him there. As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal. And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness, …
Isaiah 1:18 ESV / 15 helpful votes
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Psalm 2:1-12 ESV / 15 helpful votes
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, …
Mark 4:1-41 ESV / 14 helpful votes
Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. …
Matthew 6:15 ESV / 14 helpful votes
But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Luke 17:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes
Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
Matthew 26:28 ESV / 12 helpful votes
For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Psalm 16:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
Micah 7:18-19 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Psalm 86:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Psalm 32:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Exodus 4:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”
Acts 7:59-60 ESV / 10 helpful votes
And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 3:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
John 8:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Daniel 9:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him
The Power of Forgiveness In The Bible
Proverbs 17:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
Luke 23:33-34 ESV / 9 helpful votes
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
Luke 17:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes
And if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 ESV / 9 helpful votes
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. …
Psalm 130:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Hebrews 10:17 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Hebrews 8:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Colossians 1:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes
And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
2 Corinthians 2:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ,
Romans 12:20 ESV / 8 helpful votes
To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Matthew 5:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Isaiah 43:25 ESV / 8 helpful votes
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Proverbs 28:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Genesis 1:5 ESV / 8 helpful votes
God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
1 John 2:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
Colossians 2:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
Ephesians 5:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 6 helpful votes
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood …
James 5:14-15 ESV / 6 helpful votes
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Colossians 3:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Colossians 1:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes
In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13-14 ESV / 6 helpful votes
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Acts 17:30 ESV / 6 helpful votes
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Micah 7:18 ESV / 5 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.